Unlike real cameras, fake security cameras do not actually record any footage.
The two main benefits of using fake security cameras are:
- Much Cheaper: Real security cameras, with the latest features, cost a lot of money to purchase, install and run. Fake security cameras are far cheaper to purchase and use little to no electricity and put no strain on the network.
- Reduced Crime: It can be very difficult to tell the difference between a high-quality fake camera and a real one. Just like a real security camera, this will deter a lot of criminals from committing crimes in the first place.
The two main cons of using fake security cameras are:
- No evidence: Having a fake camera might deter some criminals similarly to a real one but if a crime is committed, you will have no evidence for a criminal or insurance investigation.
- Can be identified by criminals: Low-quality fakes can be easily identified by criminals and ignored.
How to tell the difference between a real and a fake security camera
There are a number of ways you can spot a fake security camera:
- Lights: Real security cameras with night vision use LEDs, if a fake security camera doesn’t have a red blinking light in the darkness this will be a tell. Similarly, if your fake security camera has led that are on during the day time this to will be noticed by seasoned burglars.
- Wires: If you have fake dome security it shouldn’t have any wires as these are usually wireless or at the very least the wires are typically concealed. Very thin wires would also be an indicator.
- Materials: Real security cameras are made of high-quality materials such as metal. Lower-quality fake cameras that use plastic or appear cheap will be noticed.
- Markings: Fake security cameras don’t have brand names or at the very least not the common brand names that manufacture security cameras.